Investigating A Catholic Priest For Sedition Without Investigating The Racist And Extremist Provocateurs Preaching Religious And Racial Hatred on non-Muslims and non-Malays Is A Gross Violation Of The Spirit And Letter Of The Fundamental Right In The Federal Constitution Of Freedom To Profess One’s Religion.

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 8.1.2014.

DAP expresses grave concern and disappointment at the police action of investigating the editor of the Catholic weekly Herald, Father Lawrence Andrew under section 4 the 1948 Sedition Act, for saying that the word Allah will continue to be used in Bahasa Malaysia services in churches in Selangor. Investigating a Catholic priest for sedition without investigating the racist and extremist provocateurs preaching religious and racial hatred on non-Muslims andnon-Malays is a gross violation of the spirit and letter of the fundamental right in the Federal Constitution of freedom to profess one’s religion.

Andrew had even showed an ancient manuscript dated back to 1905, which was written in old Malay and showed reporters the sections containing the word “Allah”. Will this ancient manuscript which has heritage value would also be seized by by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais), which provoked international outrage and condemnation for raiding the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). Two leaders of BSM was also detained and 300 copies of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia and another 10 copies of the Bible in the Iban language seized.

That action is taken despite a so-called 10-point solution formulated by Cabinet, coupled by no action against those preaching religious hatred and calling for demonstrations outside churches, displays the growing tendency of tyranny over the religious minority. DAP calls for an even-handed, impartial and fair approach by the police to ensure that priests should not be the only party singled out.

DAP reiterates that the Islamic authorities do not have the authority in law to enter the premises of non-Muslim religious establishments for inspection, search or raid, unless related to attempts to propagate non-Islamic religions to Muslims. This is the constitutional provision accepted by everyone that JAIS can only intrude on a non-Muslim premise in pursuit of Muslims that transgresses Islamic law or syariah but not against non-Muslims. JAIS raid is unacceptable because questions are asked whether Chinese or Hindu temples would be next.

Lim Guan Eng

—–Mandarin Version —




安德鲁出示1905年的古祈祷本, 以旧式马来文书写,并向记者展示含有“阿拉”一字的部分。如果具有古迹价值的古代祈祷本也可能会被雪兰莪伊斯兰宗教事务局扣押,他们突击马来西亚圣经公会的做法已经激起国际社会的愤怒及谴责。该公会两名领袖也因此被扣留,300多本马来文圣经及10多本伊班文圣经也被扣押。